Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks Open for Summer 2021
This ultimate guide of outdoor amusement parks and attractions across Chicagoland will give you some amazing family destinations!

All the 2021 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
Our 2021 list of free days at Chicago-area museums and zoos is continuing to grow. Visit MSI, the Art Institute of Chicago, and more.

A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids
Farms are open for visitors! Enjoy fresh air and see the animals at these favorite spots in Countryside, West Chicago, Schaumburg, and more!

New Park! The Glen in Lombard/Glen Ellyn
Butterfield Park District created a beautiful new space called The Glen with a challenge course, bubbling stream, pavilion and more.

2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky
Oooohhhh and ahhhhh at these exciting parades and breathtaking fireworks displays throughout the western suburbs this 4th of July.

Free Ice Cream from Mars Wrigley in Burr Ridge Might Be Back in 2022, But Not This Year
Get the details for free ice cream bars at the Burr Ridge ice cream plant on weekdays in July, compliments of Mars Chocolate North America.

Cannonball! Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Cool off at these outdoor pools offering day passes from Glen Ellyn to Geneva, Bolingbrook to Bloomingdale, and everywhere in between.

2021 Pool Memberships are Expanding with Phase 5 Guidelines
Check out which pools in the western suburbs plan to offer 2021 memberships for limitless fun in the sun. Don't forget your sunscreen!

Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs
We've got your one-stop shop for summertime fun. Here's a roundup of all our lists to create the ultimate summer guide. Don't forget to bookmark this!

Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago
We have a preview of all the best waterfalls in the Chicago suburbs with photographs, directions, and details!

Local Miniature Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, and More
Tee up to an afternoon of fun at these mini golf destinations in the Chicagoland! Putt your way to victory with a hole in one.

Insider Tips for The Forge: Lemont Quarries
What is The Forge? What should we bring? Are my kids going to like it? What should we expect when we get there? Get the answers here!